Snorkeling the Hol Chan reef
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
17Trip End Jul 30, 2010
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Jermaine provided much entertainment for us, blasting Reggae music (oddly enough, several Phil Collins remixes...lol...Dad!) and singing at the top of his lungs
Our next stop was Shark and Stingray Alley (Long awaited by Nick!) a world famous marine wildlife reserve. At first, I'll admit I was a little nervous before getting in the water, just seeing all the nurse sharks swimming around the boat ranging in size from 3 feet to 10 feet made us a wee bit nervous. However Nick wants me to add that he was in fact the first person in the water...I didn't see it, but okay ;). Jermaine reassured us that as long as we didn't touch the talons on the end of the shark and rays' tails we would be just fine, and that we could touch their backs all we wanted. So off we went into shark and stingray infested waters ( I know that they only have suction cups for teeth and couldn't bit us if they tried, but I have been wanting to write that last bit for a while! lol) .First we collected conch shells so that Jermaine could put sardines inside for the sharks and rays to suck out and keep them around the boat for longer. Then our mission was to swim down and touch a stingray for ourselves. Nick was a little hesitant but quickly overcame his fear and swam down and got a feel for himself. There had to have been several hundred yellow-tailed snappers and dozens of nurse sharks and stingrays all around us. A crazy feeling, one we wont soon forget and a definite highlight of the trip.
After shark and stingray alley we were served fruit and chicken burgers on the boat while we sailed to our final stop, Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Maya for " Narrow Channel")
When we arrived home after a few rum punches on the boat we decided to head back over to our new favorite bar the Lazy Lizard for a beer and a dip in the 'split'. It was then that we were really able to survey the damage ( meaning my body) from the days activities and found that no surprise I was a tomato and was starting to feel pretty sun stroked. Nick of course was smart and stuck to the shade and wore a t-shirt while I basked my white-ass on the deck all day (I did wear sunscreen however, but to no avail!)
Before being lathered in aloe vera we headed to Rosa's Grill for an amazing meal of shrimp kebabs and garlic bread, cooked right in front of us.
Now I have been soaked in aloe, we both have full stomachs and a splitting headache, but don't regret a single second of the day in Belize we will never forget!
Nick and Heather
p.s we are going to summarize our travel journal from now on...phewww!